Storms bring heavy rain and floods across Israel

Israel came in for more rain and floods Wednesday after winter storms began across the country the day that led to overnight floods in coastal cities.

Many people were rescued from their serial cars overnight in several places across the country, from Nazareth in the north to Qalansawe in central Israel.

Heavy rain and flooding in a winter storm on Wednesday

Residents of the main cities of Herzliya and Ramat Hasharon were rescued by first responders when their homes were flooded.

In Ashdod, local authorities blocked major flood-prone roads in the city center, causing a disruption to traffic.

הצפות בפרדס חנההצפות בפרדס חנה

Floods in Pardes Hanna Wednesday

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Temperatures were expected to drop further Wednesday as long as flood warnings remained in place.

The Meteorological Service said 114 mm of water fell in Lower Galilee and the Jezreel Valley in the north, the highest amount of water recorded in the past 24 hours.

הצפות בבאקה אל גרבייההצפות בבאקה אל גרבייה

A home in Baqa al-Gharbiyye was flooded on Wednesday

Flood warnings have also been issued in the southern deserts where roads were closed on Tuesday after the River Faran crossed.

The usual storm was expected to last into Thursday.

As a result of the heavy rains, the water level of the Sea of ​​Galilee rose three centimeters overnight, standing at -209.935 meters below sea level, the Government Water and Sewerage Authority reported.

The rains began late Tuesday, clearing dusty skies after Israel was hit by a storm from the Sinai Peninsula.

אובך בשמי תל אביבאובך בשמי תל אביב

Haze over Tel Aviv during a dust storm that came from the Sinai

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The Ministry of Environmental Protection has issued a warning of extremely high air pollution in many parts of the country.

In consultation with the Ministry of Health, he recommended that sensitive sections of the population, including those with heart and lung problems, the elderly, children and pregnant women with child, avoiding strong outside activity.